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Karo-Tei Type 2: Young Gunner

The Karo-Tei Type 2 is a sub-chaser boat used by the Japanese in the later stages of WW2 to combat submarine threats in the waters of Okinawa and the Philippines. In update 1.89 “Imperial Navy”, the Karo-Tei Type 2 will be one of the first vessels unlocked by future IJN captains in War Thunder!

Briefly: A late-war Japanese sub-chaser boat, introduced as one of the first vessels for future Japanese captains in the game.


The Karo-Tei Type 2 sub-chaser was developed in the later stages of WW2 and commissioned into service in 1944. The vessel’s primary task was to protect the Japanese naval bases at Okinawa and the Philippines from light allied assaults and submarines in particular. The vessel only saw limited use due to the ever worsening war situation for Japan at the time.

Karo-Tei Type 2, sub-chaser, Japan, rank I.


  • Small profile
  • Cannon armament
  • Quickly researchable AP 37-mm shells


  • Modest crew count
  • Average mobility

The vessel doesn’t necessarily excel in any aspect, but instead, offers a good balance between firepower, survivability and protection, making it a suitable vehicle for getting acquainted with early Japanese naval designs.

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As such, aspiring captains of this vessel can expect to command a sub-chaser boat, armed with a single 37mm Type 94 as well as a 20mm Type 98 cannon, which form its primary armament. Additionally, 10 depth charges may be mounted on the ship’s aft to be used as a defensive measure to shake off potential pursuers. All this firepower, including the 13 crew members on board, are powered by two pairs of engines, which in turn allow the Karo-Tei Type 2 to reach a top speed of 25.9 knots (48 km/h) at full speed ahead.

Now we just need to wait for update 1.89 “Imperial Navy” to try this boat out. Smooth waters commanders!

The War Thunder Team

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